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XML Topic Maps: Creating and Using Topic Maps for the Web by Jack Park, Sam Hunting

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About Open Source Software

The Open Source Initiative has this to say about open source software[1]:

[1] From the front page of the Open Source Initiative Web site, accessed in May 2002 at http://www.opensource.org.

The basic idea behind open source is very simple. When programmers can read, redistribute, and modify the source code for a piece of software, the software evolves. People improve it, people adapt it, people fix bugs. And this can happen at a speed that, if one is used to the slow pace of conventional software development, seems astonishing.

The operating system Linux (http://www.linux.org/) is perhaps the best-known open source project, but there are many, many more open source software projects. For instance, Sourceforge, just ...

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